Flying Blind

I have a job and half.

My part time job is at one of the bookstores in town. You may have noticed that e-readers (electronic hand held readers) are multiplying. My managers have discovered that I have knack for promoting ours. I’m not sure how that happened or why as my approach is generally a soft sell. But it is what it is.

My store is really promoting that one of the things that sets us apart is US! We will completely set up the device before you leave the store so you walk out reading. We also encourage people to ask questions. We want it to be a great purchase.

The odd thing is that I am becoming a “techie” in terms of our device. Seriously. I’ve never considered myself one in the past and I’m still getting used to this strange idea. Most technical “expertise” in my life is pure luck.

But now I am fielding technical questions. I prefer it when the customer is in person. I can see the device. But the other night an older woman called on the phone. She couldn’t get it to download the books she wanted.

Me: “Have you registered it?”

Her: “Yes, I did it on line.” (Apparently she didn’t have time earlier in the day for us to register it for her.)

Me: “Can you tell me what seems to be happening.”

Her: “It won’t move. Can’t you hear me tap, tap, tapping?”

Me: “What do you see?”

Her: “It won’t move.” I listened to theĀ  tap, tap, tap in the background.

Me: “I really want to help you, but I am kind of flying blind here. I need you to be my eyes. Can you tell me what you see?”

The problem was resolved and several books downloaded, but it got me to thinking. I really don’t like flying blind. There is a certain level of trust I had to hand to her to accurately tell me what I needed to know. I would much rather go by what I see with my own eyes.

Granted, being as this was a phone call, I wasn’t going to see anything. (Okay, so technology may even change that). But I thought about how that applies in other areas of life. Though I don’t think about it often, there is a whole spiritual arena that I don’t see. Sometimes, I might sense it to a degree, but for the most part I am relatively unaware. I am flying blind in terms of the spiritual forces in the world. Ephesians 6 encourages us to put on the full armor of God because “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV) In that sense, I have to rely on God to tell me what I need to know, to duck when I need to duck, stand firm when I need to stand.

I’m flying blind. But God isn’t. He tells me what I need to know just as I need to know it so I don’t go running off ahead. It is a bit disorienting at times for one who likes to know the whole plan from the beginning, but I can rest in knowing that He sees this world and the spiritual realm. He knows the beginning and the end and everything in between. His sight far surpasses mine.

But I do need to listen and respond. How are you doing at flying blind?

Amy Brooke

Amy grew up in Cincinnati, OH. After school at the University of Evansville, Amy spent 11 years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship doing ministry to college students. While on staff she helped coauthor the book InterVarsity Press book FAITH ON THE EDGE. After working with IVCF, Amy got her MA in counseling and spent several years working in social services. Amy currently lives in Normal, IL and works for the county government. Amy is a passionate about children and helping others.

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4 Comments

  1. Yes I am flying blind, alright. Love this post. We are fighting against the spiritual forces of the dark.

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  2. A wonderful post! It was truly encouraging to me this day. I have identified a situation in my life currently which is I believe spiritual warfare at its best. I need to fly blind with the full armor of God in tact trusting he will tell whether the right foot should go before the left and when I need to duck or swing with His sword. Thanks for sharing today!

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  3. Super reminder. His eyes are the only ones I need.

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  4. I don’t know one person who isn’t flying blind. We can’t see around the corner and spend our life taking one step at a time and feeling as if we are doing this over thin ice. At any time, the ice can break for a plunge into ice cold water. Every day I walk to work trusting the giving was enough to keep my job here. Every day I wake up and thank God my Crohns isn’t giving me trouble. Every day I am never sure what is going to happen, good or bad, but every day God never fails to give me something good even if the day is bad.

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